Mowi insisted that they managed to capture 27% and the figure contrasts with the 5.5% recapture reported by SERNAPESCA.
SERNAPESCA rules out recalculation of escaped salmon from MOWI farming center
Thursday, September 19, 2019, 05:20 (GMT + 9)
The National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (SERNAPESCA) has ruled out recalculating the number of escaped salmon from the Punta Redonda Center in Calbuco, after MOWI Chile - former Marine Harvest - requested it from the Environment Superintendency.
According to a report by SERNAPESCA on fish leaks in salmon farming industry, it places the case of Marine Harvest in 2018 as the second most important after AquaChile suffered in 2013
After the massive escape of 690,000 salmon, the Norwegian firm that is under sanction process insisted that they managed to capture more species, 27%. The figure contrasts with the recapture rate of 5.5% reported by the Service.
SERNAPESCA Regional Director Eduardo Aguilera said that the company was given many facilities once the salmon escaped, establishing the relevant recapture conditions.
The regional representative of the Ministry of Economy, Francisco Muñoz, affirmed that they support the criterion used by SERNAPESCA regarding the verification of the recapture percentage.
Muñoz added that “SERNAPESCA should physically corroborate those escaped salmon. We must not forget that there was a procedure of sworn declarations by artisanal fishermen that were not received by this instance.”
The escape is presumed as environmental damage, as the company failed to recapture 10% of the escaped salmon. Given the situation, MOWI Chile risks losing the concession of the farming center and paying a millionaire fine.
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